NICE is developing priorities to help ensure unvaccinated children across the country get the protection they need. In some areas of the country, fewer than 1 in 5 children are vaccinated against diseases such as polio and diphtheria. Experts have warned that unless uptake rates improve there is a risk of these diseases making a comeback.
Last year only a quarter of local authorities met World Health Organization targets to vaccinate 95% of children against measles, mumps and rubella. A draft quality standard from NICE, out for consultation until 29 September, sets out how to drive up the number of under 19s who receive vaccinations.